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A refreshingly practical and honest guide that rewrites the script on ADHD Peter Shankman is a busy guy -- a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seem A refreshingly practical and honest guide that rewrites the script on ADHD Peter Shankman is a busy guy -- a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD. In Faster Than Normal, Shankman shares his hard-won insights and daily hacks for making ADHD a secret weapon for living a full and deeply satisfying life. Both inspiring and practical, the book presents life rules, best practices, and simple but powerful ways to: Harness your creative energy to generate and execute your ideas Direct your hyperfocus to get things done Identify your pitfalls--and avoid them Streamline your daily routine to eliminate distractions Use apps and other tech innovations to free up your time and energy Filled with ingenious hacks and supportive self-care advice, this is the positive, practical book the ADHD community has long needed - and is also an invaluable handbook for anyone who's sick of feeling overwhelmed and wants to drive their faster-than-normal brain at maximum speed...without crashing.


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A refreshingly practical and honest guide that rewrites the script on ADHD Peter Shankman is a busy guy -- a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seem A refreshingly practical and honest guide that rewrites the script on ADHD Peter Shankman is a busy guy -- a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD. In Faster Than Normal, Shankman shares his hard-won insights and daily hacks for making ADHD a secret weapon for living a full and deeply satisfying life. Both inspiring and practical, the book presents life rules, best practices, and simple but powerful ways to: Harness your creative energy to generate and execute your ideas Direct your hyperfocus to get things done Identify your pitfalls--and avoid them Streamline your daily routine to eliminate distractions Use apps and other tech innovations to free up your time and energy Filled with ingenious hacks and supportive self-care advice, this is the positive, practical book the ADHD community has long needed - and is also an invaluable handbook for anyone who's sick of feeling overwhelmed and wants to drive their faster-than-normal brain at maximum speed...without crashing.

30 review for Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Felix Geisendörfer

    The book certainly contains some advise useful for anybody interested in increasing their focus and productivity. However, seemingly 50% of the book are dedicated to the author bragging about his $30k speaking fees, and flying business class around the world where he writes bestselling books in less than 36h. He also frequently contradicts himself, e.g. saying you should imagine success (that's why coaches give "pep talks" not "defeat talks") only to talk about visualizing failure ("playing the The book certainly contains some advise useful for anybody interested in increasing their focus and productivity. However, seemingly 50% of the book are dedicated to the author bragging about his $30k speaking fees, and flying business class around the world where he writes bestselling books in less than 36h. He also frequently contradicts himself, e.g. saying you should imagine success (that's why coaches give "pep talks" not "defeat talks") only to talk about visualizing failure ("playing the tape forward") a few sentences later. Oh, and another 10% of the book seems to be affiliate marketing for game changing products such as clothing to put all your travel gear in, because that's clearly what's been holding back your "faster than normal" brain from utilizing the ADHD it's been "gifted" with.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    Some of this I didn't want to hear, but I needed to hear. I can't drink casually. It's a huge trigger for me. I tell myself I'm going to have a glass of wine and read but I end up having three glasses of wine and binging on YouTube videos I don't even want to watch. Then I feel like crap in the morning and lose productivity. Shankman narrates his own book, and he is very engaging. Recommended (even though he spruiks his course) Some of this I didn't want to hear, but I needed to hear. I can't drink casually. It's a huge trigger for me. I tell myself I'm going to have a glass of wine and read but I end up having three glasses of wine and binging on YouTube videos I don't even want to watch. Then I feel like crap in the morning and lose productivity. Shankman narrates his own book, and he is very engaging. Recommended (even though he spruiks his course)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)

    Peter Shankman does something rare in his speaking about the diagnosis of ADHD, and that is that ADHD is not diagnosis at all. A diagnosis of something is to say that is it is a disease of some sort. ADHD is not a disease, but a gift. It's learning to tap into that gift, that can often be difficult. In FASTER THAN NORMAL: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain, Peter takes you step-by-step through the process of finding your hidden potential. Persona Peter Shankman does something rare in his speaking about the diagnosis of ADHD, and that is that ADHD is not diagnosis at all. A diagnosis of something is to say that is it is a disease of some sort. ADHD is not a disease, but a gift. It's learning to tap into that gift, that can often be difficult. In FASTER THAN NORMAL: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain, Peter takes you step-by-step through the process of finding your hidden potential. Personal stories are given along with tips on how to organize and streamline your daily life. If a loved one has ADHD, this read can give you insight into the wonderful mind that they, themselves, are unable to put words to. Whether you read this book for yourself, or a loved one, you will walk away with a better understanding of ADHD, and ways to better organize your life. ~ Kris Miller, TopShelf Reviews

  4. 4 out of 5

    HEATHER

    It's an easy read. In the The Forward and Introductory chapters I learnt about Peter Shankman's life as a young adult and his business success. Without this, I may not have ventured further. Peter may have ADHD but he definitely seems to also be of above-average intelligence similar to many of the CEO's and Notables who are friends/colleagues who he claims also suffer from this condition. It seemed unlikely that without that level of intelligence he would have been able to achieve such early suc It's an easy read. In the The Forward and Introductory chapters I learnt about Peter Shankman's life as a young adult and his business success. Without this, I may not have ventured further. Peter may have ADHD but he definitely seems to also be of above-average intelligence similar to many of the CEO's and Notables who are friends/colleagues who he claims also suffer from this condition. It seemed unlikely that without that level of intelligence he would have been able to achieve such early success as a marketer (and he's somewhat vague on details). However, I wanted this book to learn tips for helping a young adult with ADHD, so I pressed on. Peter has a Personal Assistant who manages his calendar and travel, edits his written work, and keeps him on task - out of reach for the average JOE. He does however share relatable true stories and useful tips that apply to anyone who struggles with focus, quick boredom and staying on task. I'm using a few of them myself! I passed along the book with the advice to tune into the weekly Podcast. ADHD'ers are notorious reluctant-readers! No feedback as yet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    If you’re an adult with ADHD struggling with your career... Look elsewhere. The sum total of the advice in this book is: - have you tried DIET and EXERCISE??? - be a charismatic white man with a public speaking career that allows you to fly to Tokyo and back on a whim - get a wife, rent one if you need to - have no hobbies or interests whatsoever that aren’t your career and use every idle moment to work - have you considered that instead of being LATE to things, you could just be EARLY??? - you should j If you’re an adult with ADHD struggling with your career... Look elsewhere. The sum total of the advice in this book is: - have you tried DIET and EXERCISE??? - be a charismatic white man with a public speaking career that allows you to fly to Tokyo and back on a whim - get a wife, rent one if you need to - have no hobbies or interests whatsoever that aren’t your career and use every idle moment to work - have you considered that instead of being LATE to things, you could just be EARLY??? - you should just sleep more but also run marathons at 3am - here are a list of products you should buy, including: • $300 headphones • a $200 jacket that is ugly and does what a purse does only worse— excuse me, weather?? Have you heard of it??? • a huge list of apps for your $1100 iPhone • a home automation solution that helps you... not have to touch your light switches like some sort of PROLE Garbage, absolute garbage. Shankman’s total lack of awareness that most people struggling with ADHD, like most people in the US, couldn’t find $400 for an emergency bill, let alone $4k on same-day international flights is, quite frankly, absurd and disgusting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Folks who've devoted time and effort to self-improvement wouldn't be surprised by Peter Shankman's tips and tricks. But having that set of tools handed to you by someone who shares your brain wiring is pretty awesome. For me, the feeling of "someone gets it!" while reading the book beats all the life hacks. Plus, he's funny. In the last section of the book, he also incorporated some insights from others, one from his ex and one from the ADHD PhD., adding some female perspectives which I really a Folks who've devoted time and effort to self-improvement wouldn't be surprised by Peter Shankman's tips and tricks. But having that set of tools handed to you by someone who shares your brain wiring is pretty awesome. For me, the feeling of "someone gets it!" while reading the book beats all the life hacks. Plus, he's funny. In the last section of the book, he also incorporated some insights from others, one from his ex and one from the ADHD PhD., adding some female perspectives which I really appreciated. Try out the podcast, too. Although he speaks like he's on 1.5x and I have yet to find an app that slows a podcast down...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This is first time I've read that deficiency in dopamine as a possible contributor to ADHD. It makes sense why many people with ADHD exercise in the morning before starting their work day. The physical activity releases chemicals like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine, which then allows them to focus. The author, like many people, intuitively have found ways to handle the downsides of ADHD but kept the upsides (like ability to hyperfocus on a topic/task for hours and faster, creative thinking) This is first time I've read that deficiency in dopamine as a possible contributor to ADHD. It makes sense why many people with ADHD exercise in the morning before starting their work day. The physical activity releases chemicals like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine, which then allows them to focus. The author, like many people, intuitively have found ways to handle the downsides of ADHD but kept the upsides (like ability to hyperfocus on a topic/task for hours and faster, creative thinking). The book is filled with recommended actions, including these for limiting distractions: * Limit choices - For example, have a "uniform" for work so you don't have to pick out outfits every morning; have an eating window like 11 am to 7 pm (so you're not thinking about eating donuts that a colleague brought into the office in the morning). * Eat good, nutritional food - Good health is important in managing ADHD. * Sleep well * Exercise

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I was interested in learning about time management strategies for people with ADD/ADHD, as I've heard that people with these disorders often have issues with effectively and efficiently managing their time. I've never been tested for ADD/ADHD but probably have a bit of it, at least when it comes to time management! I liked the conversational tone of this book, and it was easy to get through and contained some helpful advice. Some of Shankman's strategies are not super useful for the average pers I was interested in learning about time management strategies for people with ADD/ADHD, as I've heard that people with these disorders often have issues with effectively and efficiently managing their time. I've never been tested for ADD/ADHD but probably have a bit of it, at least when it comes to time management! I liked the conversational tone of this book, and it was easy to get through and contained some helpful advice. Some of Shankman's strategies are not super useful for the average person (hop on a plane to Asia whenever you need time to focus without interruption, hire a personal assistant to manage your calendar, etc.) but there are some applicable approaches and tips that the average Joe can make use of and the approachable tone makes it a breeze to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brendabor

    A lot of stating the obvious but love the message

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    I spent twenty years figuring out what this book lays out in one package. I have some thoughts I'd add to the later section of the book, but in general I wish I could have learned all this a long time ago. It's good insights for anyone and especially good for those whose brains have the unique advantages & disadvantages of the ADHD. I spent twenty years figuring out what this book lays out in one package. I have some thoughts I'd add to the later section of the book, but in general I wish I could have learned all this a long time ago. It's good insights for anyone and especially good for those whose brains have the unique advantages & disadvantages of the ADHD.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Brady

    Difficult read. Seem to say if you have ADHD and you can stay focused on your goals you'll be amazing. Difficult read. Seem to say if you have ADHD and you can stay focused on your goals you'll be amazing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patience Allergy

    I wasn't expecting this book to be so good. The author is super charismatic, and at times the text is superfluously wordy, BUT, it's still good! Even when you know you're being marketed to! There is USEFUL information & relatable humor in here. If you're trying to be more productive, ADHD or not, diagnosed or not, it's a good place to start. I wasn't expecting this book to be so good. The author is super charismatic, and at times the text is superfluously wordy, BUT, it's still good! Even when you know you're being marketed to! There is USEFUL information & relatable humor in here. If you're trying to be more productive, ADHD or not, diagnosed or not, it's a good place to start.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Al-Ali

    A good 48-hour zone out marathon. Peter is a great person and writer. Taught me so much more about myself and behavior

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is the first book I have read on ADHD and it was amazing! When my daughter was going to counseling for anxiety, her counselor suggested she had ADHD. As we talked about things, I wondered if I had it because my daughter is very similar to me. While reading this there were so many "yes!" moments. Where I thought, this is describing ME. A lot of things that weren't 'normal' for me as a kid or as an adult is because of my ADHD. And this is why I feel so much better and more productive when I r This is the first book I have read on ADHD and it was amazing! When my daughter was going to counseling for anxiety, her counselor suggested she had ADHD. As we talked about things, I wondered if I had it because my daughter is very similar to me. While reading this there were so many "yes!" moments. Where I thought, this is describing ME. A lot of things that weren't 'normal' for me as a kid or as an adult is because of my ADHD. And this is why I feel so much better and more productive when I run. It grounds me. This is written primarily for adults with ADHD. I can take what I have learned and start teaching my two kids with it, but it is geared for adults. I love that he writes conversationally. It is a fast read with clear ideas on how to make ADHD work for you and not against you. Obviously our life is not his. Things that work for him won't work for me in my life. But I can take all of his ideas and tools and adapt it to what works for me. A few suggestions he has, I naturally do. I realized I had certain tendencies and was able to figure out a way to keep on top of things. He is not anti drugs, but he argues that kids are put on drugs without learning tools to use for combating the negative aspects of ADHD, so when they are adults they haven't learned the tools for getting through life. He has concerta for the days that he really needs it, but the tools and how he lives his life is important too. I love that he describes ADHD as a gift. It is not a negative. "You're gifted with a brain that's faster than normal, and in this book, we're going to learn how to operate it to its maximum potential." I love that he says that he doesn't make excuses for himself because he has ADHD. If he needs to be focused he exercises right before a meeting to increase the dopamine in his brain and help him focus. He knows he has a tendency for addiction so if he is public speaking in Las Vegas he times it so he never has to sleep over. He is in and out. He doesn't drink alcohol at all now because he found out he could never have just one. That is me with my chocolate or sweets addiction. I have to not have any in the house or I will eat it all in one sitting. I have recognized that about myself so when I really need to be eating healthy I don't have any sweets or snacks I like even a little in the house. He has discovered the tools that work for him to be at his maximum potential and works hard to help him have the best life he can. He fell off the wagon many times and botched many personal and professional relationships. So he is sharing what works for him and I learned a lot from it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    So.... partway through this audiobook, I thought it was amazing. I wanted my own copy! I was excited to reference it regularly, and wanted to highlight the heck out of it. Bought a used copy all for myself! So. Excited. (Impulsive choice! ADHD, hooray!) Then my audiobook checkout from the library was due, so I didn’t get back to it til it came back around to me... and was disappointed on returning to it. There are good tips in here. It’s nice knowing that people can be very successful with ADHD! So.... partway through this audiobook, I thought it was amazing. I wanted my own copy! I was excited to reference it regularly, and wanted to highlight the heck out of it. Bought a used copy all for myself! So. Excited. (Impulsive choice! ADHD, hooray!) Then my audiobook checkout from the library was due, so I didn’t get back to it til it came back around to me... and was disappointed on returning to it. There are good tips in here. It’s nice knowing that people can be very successful with ADHD! There’s a lot of interesting history and a bit of science. But. I couldn’t get past this idea that ADHD is a “superpower.” He even at one point says that kids with ADHD should be reassured their brains are “better” than other kids. I gotta say, that felt bad. Sure, my ADHD can help me think of a billion ideas! But if I can’t execute on them, I lose interest. Sure, ADHD brain makes me sensitive to others’ emotions. But it also makes me sensitive to ALL emotions. These aren’t superpowers if you can’t balance them, they’re tremendous challenges along with the good. Perhaps the problem is the book’s narrow viewpoint. This is a man who literally writes his books by hopping a round trip flight to Japan, briefly hopping off the plane on arrival then right back on. That’s not exactly a solution for most of us. (He also, in the chapter on loving someone with ADHD, essentially says we shouldn’t be taken to task for acting badly, because “we feel bad enough that we disappointed you.” That’s just not how to have a good relationship.) I’ll still be going through my used copy for things to highlight and refer to, but I’m not sure I can recommend it to anyone looking for a down to earth approach to ADHD. As usual, your mileage may vary!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was pretty terrible. There are a couple of nuggets of gold and the guy is clearly self-aware about his ADHD traits, which is nice for once, but he basically deals with it by hiring other people to deal with it and telling you you should do that too. Sorry, not all of us have the money or interest or time for a personal assistant and a personal trainer, etc. It's the total lack of consciousness about his privilege that really got to me after a while. This was pretty terrible. There are a couple of nuggets of gold and the guy is clearly self-aware about his ADHD traits, which is nice for once, but he basically deals with it by hiring other people to deal with it and telling you you should do that too. Sorry, not all of us have the money or interest or time for a personal assistant and a personal trainer, etc. It's the total lack of consciousness about his privilege that really got to me after a while.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vienna

    I've been dealing with ADHD for as long as I can remember, and I always tried to ignore my ADHD because I wanted to be as "normal " as possible. That never stopped my very different brain from making life a little harder than it should be, especially now that I am entering an adult lifestyle. Peter Shankman's humorous, light-hearted tone made the book an easy and fast read- I finished the book in two days! The book contains a solid chunk of advice, and the book certainly helped me gain a sense o I've been dealing with ADHD for as long as I can remember, and I always tried to ignore my ADHD because I wanted to be as "normal " as possible. That never stopped my very different brain from making life a little harder than it should be, especially now that I am entering an adult lifestyle. Peter Shankman's humorous, light-hearted tone made the book an easy and fast read- I finished the book in two days! The book contains a solid chunk of advice, and the book certainly helped me gain a sense of confidence in myself. I've been trying to turn my ADHD brain into a positive aspect of who I am, and seeing all that Shankman has accomplished and how he accomplishes things thanks to his ADHD makes me feel more empowered. I recommend that anyone with ADD/ADHD should pick up this book, and the advice can also be helpful for those who just want to increase their productivity, ADHD or neurotypical.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is a self-help book mainly written for those who have ADHD, but there are interesting things that the author goes into that can apply to those with "normal" or "slower" brains. The author, Peter Shankman, talks about the trouble he has had with his ADHD brain until he learned to harness it. That came about by eliminating choices (in his closet, food choices, etc.), by reducing distractions (keeping his desk clear, etc.), and exercising before big meetings or speeches to give him the focus h This is a self-help book mainly written for those who have ADHD, but there are interesting things that the author goes into that can apply to those with "normal" or "slower" brains. The author, Peter Shankman, talks about the trouble he has had with his ADHD brain until he learned to harness it. That came about by eliminating choices (in his closet, food choices, etc.), by reducing distractions (keeping his desk clear, etc.), and exercising before big meetings or speeches to give him the focus he needs. There is a lot of good advice in this book along with helpful apps that he has found to keep him on track. I won this copy in one of the Goodreads giveaways.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    If you or someone you know has ADHD, you probably know how difficult it can be sometimes to exist or to be with that person. As someone with ADHD, I've experienced many of the stories discussed in this book, and while I haven't yet been able to put many of its pieces of advice into action, I have a strong feeling it'll help me tremendously. I'm in public school, and the nature of that is not one that accommodates people who, as this book puts it, "faster than normal." It's difficult to focus in a If you or someone you know has ADHD, you probably know how difficult it can be sometimes to exist or to be with that person. As someone with ADHD, I've experienced many of the stories discussed in this book, and while I haven't yet been able to put many of its pieces of advice into action, I have a strong feeling it'll help me tremendously. I'm in public school, and the nature of that is not one that accommodates people who, as this book puts it, "faster than normal." It's difficult to focus in a classroom setting for many of us, and staying on task and maintaining a high GPA is an incomprehensible battle for me and likely others sometimes. And then there's the shame of not quite meeting your goals, while others, who are not faster than normal, seem to succeed with great ease. You feel othered and wrong and stupid, but until you get a diagnosis, you never really know why. Upon reading this book, it's evident that my experiences (or the reader's experiences in general) are not exclusive to them. This book begins with stories from people the author, Peter Shankman, has met and talked with. They go down routes that made me feel like the only person on the planet with the issue (that difficulty working in a classroom, or around other people? It's one of the first stories in the book.) If you're a person with ADHD, or perhaps their parent, it's unbelievably helpful to have a book like this. I felt great relief just knowing that my issues and problems weren't unique to me. And while I probably did, in character, zone out a few times while reading and missed some tips, the ones I did get were revolutionary in how I conduct my life. (Here's a little teaser, maybe spoiler, depending on how you see it: the "apple test" technique, discussed around page 51? Life-changing. Absolutely unreal. And also completely common sense. Go read it.) The point is, this book is incredible. It was so useful to be able to put words to what I go through every day was almost cathartic, because of all the pent-up anger and frustration I had with my ADHD mishaps over the years and the way it seemed to always catch up to me and cause me to fail.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abhinav

    I don’t know whether I really have ADHD or not but reading this book gave me so many examples of my own life. And even if I might have had ADHD, this book continues to state that ADHD is not a disorder. Rather, ADHD is a superpower which can be utilized to maximize one’s output. The best part of this book is that the suggestions, tricks, and tips given in this book would work for anyone who wants to be optimal at their game, ADHD or not. I would pause here and state that if someone really has AD I don’t know whether I really have ADHD or not but reading this book gave me so many examples of my own life. And even if I might have had ADHD, this book continues to state that ADHD is not a disorder. Rather, ADHD is a superpower which can be utilized to maximize one’s output. The best part of this book is that the suggestions, tricks, and tips given in this book would work for anyone who wants to be optimal at their game, ADHD or not. I would pause here and state that if someone really has ADHD, I cannot even comprehend what all would be going through their minds all the time. But when this book tells about people who have been diagnosed with ADHD and still made it big, that is very reassuring. For instance, names like Seth Godin, Richard Branson, Will Smith have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. So, reiterating here that whether you are normal or faster than normal, this book has a plethora of tips by which you can enhance your general productivity. Peter gives his own examples at every instance and also brings in guests who share their experiences with how they used their faster brain to accomplish great things. From getting up early, journaling your schedule, keeping your room tidy, choices minimum, following rituals, and making the best of the time when you are in your zone, are some of the tips which are explained in details with daily life examples. In the modern day life where we have more distractions than a normal sane person can handle, focussing on a single task at hand is certainly a huge deal. When you know that if you are to be given only one hour of time with no distractions, you can wrap up the work which otherwise might take a day with distractions, then you probably you would enjoy this book. I have gained a lot of insights about things which I had kept on the backburner due to laziness but after reading this book, I am pumped up again. http://abhinavbhatt.com/blog/category...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Christianson

    Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman is a very worthwhile read for both those with ADHD and those who do not. Shankman gives us a peek into the ADHD mind and helps us better understand why they act the way they do. I found myself relating to Shankman and I'm sure many other people do as well. Shankman references a few sites and apps that helped him stay organized and focused that I may start using as well. I appreciate that Shankman drew attention to ADHD affecting people differently, some may n Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman is a very worthwhile read for both those with ADHD and those who do not. Shankman gives us a peek into the ADHD mind and helps us better understand why they act the way they do. I found myself relating to Shankman and I'm sure many other people do as well. Shankman references a few sites and apps that helped him stay organized and focused that I may start using as well. I appreciate that Shankman drew attention to ADHD affecting people differently, some may not know that they have ADHD. Regardless if you have ADHD or not, this is a helpful book to read. Everyone should take time out of their day to relax, take a break, and have some fun. A happy person is a productive person (usually), though there are exceptions. Social media and the little "beeps" do provide dopamine, but it's not beneficial because it's easily available and very addicting, you wont get very much done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    James

    Peter Shankman is an absolute lunatic. This book is the literary equivalent of being in a Formula One car - you can feel the intensity in his prose and the intensity of how he lives his life blazes forth from the pages. At time, the book feels a bit bloated and sometimes feels like an infomercial about his favorite products that help him with ADHD. HOWEVER, unlike a lot of self-help books, this book was extremely genuine and you could tell it came from someone with experience with ADHD. I recogn Peter Shankman is an absolute lunatic. This book is the literary equivalent of being in a Formula One car - you can feel the intensity in his prose and the intensity of how he lives his life blazes forth from the pages. At time, the book feels a bit bloated and sometimes feels like an infomercial about his favorite products that help him with ADHD. HOWEVER, unlike a lot of self-help books, this book was extremely genuine and you could tell it came from someone with experience with ADHD. I recognized myself in most of what Peter talked about and I gained some truly valuable ideas on how to better my life. The book's chapter for people who live with someone with ADHD was extremely funny and extremely accurate. I'm grateful that he wrote this book and that I can gain some good insights, even though I didn't always agree with all of his perspectives.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Gabriel Raphael

    I’m glad to have come across this book as it has offered some tips to improve my productivity. Moreover, its dialogue of ADHD is pretty interesting. Although I’m not tested yet, i find that I have similar symptoms of ADHD like moving fast, thinking faster than actions, occasional short term attentions etc. But perhaps it’s because I’m deaf, I tend to do different from others and work harder. But this book’s very helpful for helping me eliminate distractions like controlling my feeding on dopamin I’m glad to have come across this book as it has offered some tips to improve my productivity. Moreover, its dialogue of ADHD is pretty interesting. Although I’m not tested yet, i find that I have similar symptoms of ADHD like moving fast, thinking faster than actions, occasional short term attentions etc. But perhaps it’s because I’m deaf, I tend to do different from others and work harder. But this book’s very helpful for helping me eliminate distractions like controlling my feeding on dopamine. On other hand, I’m annoyed by his bragging of his huge spending for his needs. Not everyone comes from well-doing families. It also implies his affiliate marketing scheme as he recommends some paid apps and encourages readers to connect to him if they want to reach out to them. But i have no problem with him helping others out and making friends with them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Coach Tony

    If you or someone you are close has ever been told they have or might have ADHD this book is a must read! I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in high school and they put me on medication which had a side effect of me not feeling emotions. As a result, I stopped taking the prescribed medication and continued on with life. I did't think about ADHD agin until I came across "Faster Than Normal!" They say timing is everything and the timing of this book in my life could not have been better! If you If you or someone you are close has ever been told they have or might have ADHD this book is a must read! I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in high school and they put me on medication which had a side effect of me not feeling emotions. As a result, I stopped taking the prescribed medication and continued on with life. I did't think about ADHD agin until I came across "Faster Than Normal!" They say timing is everything and the timing of this book in my life could not have been better! If you have ADHD I strongly recommend listening to his book as he has a wonderful way to reign you back in when he wants you to pay attention! Do not spend another second letting your faster than normal brain stand in your way of living the life you want to live! READ THIS BOOK!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ilya Welfeld

    Ironically I read this while reading 4-5 other books but that's sort of the point. Much of it was familiar as someone who both lives some of what was described and as someone who "follows" Peter enough to have known much of the backstory and even tips. Still, there are great takeaways for everyone - especially parents. I had some issues with a few of behaviors seemingly attributed to ADHD that I wanted to argue were just rude (being mad at a late arriving date:) but the main point was ADHD is no Ironically I read this while reading 4-5 other books but that's sort of the point. Much of it was familiar as someone who both lives some of what was described and as someone who "follows" Peter enough to have known much of the backstory and even tips. Still, there are great takeaways for everyone - especially parents. I had some issues with a few of behaviors seemingly attributed to ADHD that I wanted to argue were just rude (being mad at a late arriving date:) but the main point was ADHD is not and should not be an excuse for anything and when you "train" yourself, and find your way- it is largely a blessing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    AmoRead

    A solid guide book by a guy who knows himself very well. Amid the personal stories and amateur-feel of the book are a lot of useful and practical tactics for managing ADHD as an adult. His "just do it" perspective can feel a bit preachy, especially for folks who don't have 100% control over their time and schedule (aka they have children full time). But I also appreciate solid conviction about the many advantages of the ADHD mind and the gifts that come with the challenges -- he is a terrific ch A solid guide book by a guy who knows himself very well. Amid the personal stories and amateur-feel of the book are a lot of useful and practical tactics for managing ADHD as an adult. His "just do it" perspective can feel a bit preachy, especially for folks who don't have 100% control over their time and schedule (aka they have children full time). But I also appreciate solid conviction about the many advantages of the ADHD mind and the gifts that come with the challenges -- he is a terrific champion in that regard, and I wish every ADHD-er could hear him roar.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    What can I say about Peter Shankman and his book, Faster Then Normal... Imagine you have just been diagnosed with ADHD (or someone you love has) and you want advice on tactics for productivity, time management and focus that will work when the standard advice never has. Or perhaps you already know, but feel you have so much more potential and want to know how to get there. You call/text/email (probably all 3) a successful friend who is outspoken and proud AF about his ADHD and ask to get togethe What can I say about Peter Shankman and his book, Faster Then Normal... Imagine you have just been diagnosed with ADHD (or someone you love has) and you want advice on tactics for productivity, time management and focus that will work when the standard advice never has. Or perhaps you already know, but feel you have so much more potential and want to know how to get there. You call/text/email (probably all 3) a successful friend who is outspoken and proud AF about his ADHD and ask to get together for a coffee. This book is that afternoon long conversation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cacano

    Well-organized material, yet still with that stream-of-consciousness, conversational tone. I can't stay awake on moving vehicles, especially airplanes, so we differ there, since this book was written on a round-trip flight from NYC to Tokyo, but I definitely can relate to a lot of other things. Funny, how much I developed (trial and error) prior to my diagnosis 8 years ago... coping mechanisms, work preferences, etc. And, here, I see success again when I can say I have 90% of the author's recomm Well-organized material, yet still with that stream-of-consciousness, conversational tone. I can't stay awake on moving vehicles, especially airplanes, so we differ there, since this book was written on a round-trip flight from NYC to Tokyo, but I definitely can relate to a lot of other things. Funny, how much I developed (trial and error) prior to my diagnosis 8 years ago... coping mechanisms, work preferences, etc. And, here, I see success again when I can say I have 90% of the author's recommended digital tools and apps already on my phone!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I don’t 100% agree with everything Shankman writes in this book (I can’t remember what I disagreed with, only that I disagreed), but it was really fun to listen to (“SQUIRREL!”) and I learned some interesting facts about my ADHD. I used the “throw 90% of the crap on your desk into a box and put it away and if you haven’t touched it in a month get rid of it” tip to clean my office and felt INSTANTLY calmer and more focused.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth Virgil

    The best book for people with ADD/ADHD I have read. And I’ve read plenty. It is full of tips, advice, and motivation. The book puts a new and welcomed spin on ADHD as a gift, and a superpower. It has ways to harness your superpower. I felt hopeful and eager to begin to make subtle changes in my life. Peter Shankman has a great podcast called (surprise) Faster Than Normal that I recommend as well.

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